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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Upcoming Trainings

If you have questions regarding the posted training’s, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or

Summer 2016 Workshops

Uncovering Carolina: Revolution and Resistance in 1700s America

**This workshop is currently full. Contact to inquire about the wait list.**
August 16-17, 2016
North Carolina History Center & Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC

Tuesday, August 16 – 9 AM – 6 PM (includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception)
Wednesday, August 17 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM (includes breakfast and lunch)

“What do We mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the People…before a drop of blood was drawn…” John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 24 August 1815

Eighteenth century history is rich with stories of revolution and resistance. The Revolutionary War is only one aspect of this compelling period of diverse people and dramatic events. Where better to spend two engaging days exploring the dynamic topics beyond the battles than a retreat at beautiful Tryon Palace? K-12 teachers are invited to join Tryon Palace, the NC Museum of History, and the Civic Education Consortium for “Uncovering Carolina: Revolution & Resistance in 1700s America.” This innovative program will integrate immersive experiences at one of North Carolina’s most famous historic sites, lectures from top scholars on various historical subjects related to revolution and resistance during the eighteenth century, and pedagogical exploration of lesson plans and strategies for bringing colonial history alive in the K-12 classroom. From learning about the diverse cultures and history of American Indians (often less prominent in our textbooks’ summaries of this period,) to the colonial Regulators and how they challenged Governor Tryon himself, to exploring the myriad of ways enslaved people sought freedom throughout the state during the Revolutionary period, teachers will get a snapshot of some of the most compelling historical events and people of the 1700s. All this while enjoying a beautiful, waterfront view in downtown New Bern! Teachers will be treated to a private tour of Tryon Palace, a performance and presentation by acclaimed gospel singer Mary D. Williams in which she traces the history of African American music from the Middle Passage through the 1700s and beyond, as well as a demonstration by Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps.

During the event you’ll be able to:

  • Deepen your own knowledge of North Carolina’s diverse 1700s history as a life-long learner
  • Explore new ideas and strategies for direct application in your classroom
  • Dialogue with scholars and fellow teachers from around the state
  • Reconnect with what you love about teaching in preparation for the new school year by spending two days with the Consortium and the NC History Museum at Tryon Palace!

(And, as a special treat to our hardworking teachers, accommodations will be provided at the DoubleTree New Bern Riverfront Hotel, located in the Downtown Historic District!)

Space is limited to 20 teachers, so register today for this deserved educators retreat!

Funding for this event is provided by the Craven County Community Foundation, the North Carolina Community Foundation, the Kenan Charitable Trust (as part of the Hidden Histories series offered by the NC Museum of History and the NC Civic Education Consortium), and the Deborah Roach family.


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts; experiential encounters throughout the grounds of Tryon Palace; and lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training from the Civic Education Consortium.
  • Breakfast, lunch & snacks both days, and a late afternoon reception on Tuesday
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Tuesday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from Tryon Palace in downtown New Bern. Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from Tryon Palace can request a single-occupancy room for Monday evening as well.
  • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at

Cancellation for Consortium Trainings

The NC Civic Education Consortium is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. The Consortium does not require a deposit or fee to attend our trainings; therefore, we ask that registered participants needing to cancel do so at least one week prior to the training date. Please understand that participants who do not cancel their spot in a timely fashion prevent teachers on the waiting list from participating.

Attend the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ General Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by the Consortium, educators can also register to attend the numerous seminars offered by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (the Program.) While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners.

Scholarships covering 50% of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. These teacher scholarships for general seminars are made possible by generous donors to the Humanities Program. Check out the listing of general programs offered by the Program in the Humanities & Human Values here.

If you see a general program you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • If filling out the paper registration form, complete and sign the “Attention Teachers” portion of the form and enclose payment (the full tuition less the 50% discount.) Optional meals are also served for a fee; should you choose to participate in the optional meal, you’ll add that amount to your discounted tuition amount.  If registering online, please follow the instructions listed on our registration page.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. The Program’s “first time participant’s discount” or a “three or more discount” may not be combined with a teacher scholarship.
  • Should you need to cancel your participation, $30 is non-refundable. Reservations for optional meals may be cancelled up to noon two business days before a seminar.
  • Applications without a signature or payment cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Please note that scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by the Program’s Civic Education Consortium, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ general programs.

Teachers who attend the Humanities Program’s Adventures in Ideas seminars can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund!

The Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund, established by Mr. Russell Edmister, honors the memory of his mother, Daisy M. Edmister. The Fund offers an award of $75 to currently-employed, full-time, K-12 and community college teachers who attend Adventures in Ideas seminars. Attending educators will receive an application at the event to submit at the end of the program in order to receive the $75 award. (A check will be mailed to the participant post-seminar.) Teachers can receive one stipend per semester and must attend all hours of the seminar in order to receive the stipend. (Please note that awards are not offered at Civic Education Consortium events, since they are free of charge.) For more information, please call 919.962.1544.

NEW: Scholarships for Teachers at Raleigh Charter High School

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Custom Trainings

The Consortium also offers customized trainings for individual schools, school districts, and extra-curricular programs (i.e., 4-H, Youth Councils, etc.) We can also organize a professional development retreat for your group at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Costs vary. To learn more about our customization options, as well as our trainings for after school and youth leadership programs, please contact Christie Hinson Norris at 919.843.9387  or

Professional Development Spotlight

From Segregation to Civil Rights: A Journey through North Carolina’s History

On January 14th, 2008, the NC Civic Education Consortium hosted a training for North Carolina history educators on teaching about our state’s diverse past.

  • Check out this video for an inside look at our teacher workshops!
  • To access the curriculum from this workshop, click here.


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